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Animal Behavior Majors: You might be interested...
- JOB POSTING: Full time research associate/assistant positions available
We are looking for two individuals who can help with detection canine research projects at Auburn University. Projects span from early life development research to best use of training materials to training methodologies and more are being developed. The positions are full time, 5 year limited term.
Emily Chester, Ph.D.
DCSITE Task Manager
College of Veterinary Medicine
- RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: NSF Funded Tropical Forest and Primate Research in Uganda Summer 2023
NSF Funded Tropical Forest and Primate Research in Uganda Summer 2023
We are seeking to fill five independent student research positions for an NSF International Research Experience for Students project examining tropical forest and primate conservation in Uganda for 10 weeks from approximately May 23 to Aug. 1, 2023. Participants will conduct research projects focused on the broad theme of evaluating the extent to which differing economic and participatory incentives and agricultural practices influence tropical forest and primate conservation outcomes. Potential research methods include censusing primate populations; quantifying differences in primate behavior; measuring primate fecal hormones, toxicant levels, and/or gut microbiome diversity; measuring primate morphology non-invasively using parallel laser photogrammetry, conducting interviews and surveys of local landowners, government officials, and other stakeholders; measuring water and air quality; and quantifying forest characteristics using GIS and field methods. Each project will be designed by the student participant working with their project advisors. Students will be advised by Dr. Michael Wasserman (Indiana University, Department of Anthropology & Human Biology Program) and Dr. Peter Beck (St. Edward’s University, Environmental Science & Policy) and work in collaboration with the Makerere University Biological Field Station in Uganda. We are targeting highly motivated and independent upper level undergraduate and early graduate students with limited previous independent international research experience. Students that have recently graduated with their bachelor’s or master’s degree and have little prior international research experience are also eligible. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be self-motivated, able to deal with uncertainties of field conditions, and comfortable living in remote settings with basic living conditions, including shared rooms or dorms. All research, living, and travel expenses will be covered and a small stipend will be provided. Upon completing fieldwork, participants will continue working with their advisors to develop their papers for conference presentations and/or publication. Please contact Dr. Michael Wasserman (email@example.com) for ecological/biological/primate research questions and Dr. Peter Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org) for social or policy research questions. For more information on the project, read here.
To apply, please email your CV, unofficial transcript, and a two-page (single-spaced, not including works cited) proposal including a brief literature review, research hypotheses/objectives/questions, and study design with intended methodology to Dr. Wasserman and Dr. Beck by Oct. 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted by Nov. 1, 2022, enabling current students to register for either a class or independent study credits with Dr. Wasserman or Dr. Beck during the Spring 2023 semester during which they will continue developing their research methods and prepare for fieldwork.
- LAB OPPORTUNITY: Help needed processing Elephant Dung Sampling
Looking for undergraduate students who are interested in gaining hands-on lab experience. Students will primarily learn how to label, store, and process elephant fecal samples. Weekly hours are flexible around the student's availability. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Daniella Chusyd at email@example.com. Thanks!!
Daniella E. Chusyd, PhD
Indiana University Bloomington
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
1025 E 7th Street, PH 025B
Bloomington, IN 47405
- JOB POSTING: Conservation Educator/Zookeeper at The Creature Conservancy
I am reaching out today on behalf of The Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal of wildlife conservation through education. We are currently seeking a Conservation Educator/Zookeeper to join our team. Would you be able to share the attached posting with any people/groups that you feel would be interested in this opportunity? If there is a more appropriate person/office to handle this inquiry, could you please let me know?
Thank you in advance for your assistance!
The Creature Conservancy
- JOB OPENING: Smith Electric Fish Lab
Biology laboratory that studies South American electric fish is seeking student helpers for the fall semester and beyond. The fish studied in the lab are not dangerous and produce very weak electrical fields to navigate and to communicate. We study the mechanisms of generating and detecting electrical communication signals. Duties will include helping to maintain large, multi-tank aquarium systems and general lab maintenance (glassware washing, chemical inventories, maintaining laboratory equipment, etc.). Some work over holiday breaks is expected. There may also be opportunities in the long term for interested students to become involved in research projects in the lab.
Send an E-mail message to the Smith Lab (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details or to apply for the job.
- JOB OPENING: 1-2 Horse Barn Help Position(s)
Barn Help Position
I have 1-2 openings for a part-time barn help position. I am seeking a trustworthy, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual to help take care of my two horses. Duties include cleaning stalls, turning horses out, getting them in, feeding, grooming, and general barn cleaning as well as some farm maintenance. Must have reliable transportation. Experience with horses is preferred.
Starting pay is $15/hour. The schedule will be flexible. Applicants will need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and pass a drug test and background check.
I am located 2 miles outside of Ellettsville, Indiana.
Email cover letter and resumé with work history and employment references to Ann at email@example.com, or contact me for an application.
Ann I. Belth
5133 N. Starnes Road
Bloomington, IN 47404
- INTERNSHIP: WonderLab General Animal Exhibits Internships 2022-2023
WonderLab General Animal Exhibits Internships 2022-2023
The exhibits department at WonderLab works diligently to provide and maintain the large variety of exhibits enjoyed by approximately 80,000 visitors per year. WonderLab’s live animal collection consists of reptiles, amphibians, a 300-gallon salt water aquarium, and arthropods ranging from honeybees to cockroaches to tarantulas.
Animal Exhibits Interns receive hands-on experience in the many aspects of husbandry including habitat maintenance and repair, medicine distribution, medical and behavioral observation, food preparation as well as exhibit improvement and creation. Animal Exhibits Interns will also do educational outreach through the facilitation of hands-on interactions with museum guests doing live animal demonstrations.
2022-2023 Academic Year Internship
· August 15, 2022 – May 5, 2023 (Starting date is flexible)
· 6 general Animal exhibits positions available
· 7-10 hours per week
· Application Deadline: until positions are filled
Objective: To give students hands-on experience in animal husbandry practices grounded in current animal welfare theories while also giving them the tools to communicate hard science to the general public as a means of building bridges between science and the community and making science education accessible to all.
Internship Type: Unpaid unless eligible for federal work-study or for class credit
*Coral reef intern has a stipend but that is a separate application pool with its own requirements. Please see Coral Reef Intern Job Description
· Daily Animal husbandry including feeding, bathing, morphometric measurements etc
· Maintenance of display habitats including lighting and heating elements, cleaning hides and climbers, changing out substrate etc
· Monitoring habitats for ideal conditions
· Basic Medicine administration and health assessments
· Facilitate one on one interactions between animal ambassadors and the public
· Facilitate educational outreach for classrooms, patron groups or programs related to evolution and animal science
· Upkeep and organization of animal resources and care logs
· Completion of 1-2 animal specific projects (Class Credit Interns only)
· Participate in weekly, independent readings with associated quizzes *not graded for assigning grades but used for benchmarking educational milestones*
Preferred skills and qualifications for this position:
· Interest in biology/animals
· Reliable with a strong work ethic
· Excellent communication skills, especially written
· Attention to detail and accuracy
· Experience working with vertebrates and invertebrates is a plus
· Weekend availability: all AY students are required to work our Bugfest event in the Fall
· Enjoys researching and creating educational materials
· A WonderLab Dual Membership which has reciprocity with other ASTC museums
· Time off during school breaks
· Flexible scheduling
· A multi-faceted internship experience with opportunities to personalize your experience based on your interests and skills
If you are interested in the Animal Care Internship, please do the following:
1. Send an introductory email, 2- professional references (note these are not letters of recommendation) resume and cover letter indicating which internship session
you are applying for to:
Sam Couch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal Exhibits Manager
WonderLab Museum of Health and Technology
2. Fill out an application available on the WonderLab website at
Science Fest 2022
The Program in Animal Behavior is looking forward to participating in Science Fest again this year. Bring your friends and family to Indiana University Bloomington Campus to enjoy a fun filled day of science-based activities. No matter how old you are there is always something to learn at Science Fest!
Science Fest Website
Congratulations Dr. Mike Wasserman
Mike joined the department in 2016 and splits his appointment between Anthropology and the Human Biology Program. His Primate Environmental Endocrinology Lab (PEEL) is located in MSB II, and there he and his research team of post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students study how ecological interactions and global environmental change driven by human activity affect primates via the endocrine and immune systems, as well as the gut microbiome. They study primates, including humans, around the world, in Uganda, Costa Rica, and Panama, and maintain collaborations across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.See Article
Sarah Wanamaker and Lights Out in the news
Wanamaker is the founder of the Lights Out Bloomington chapter and Lights Out IU chapter. She said the issue of bird strike deaths was brought to her attention in 2020 when an IU faculty member emailed her and asked if the biology department could do anything about the dead birds around campus.See article
Fellowship, Scholarship, + Award Deadlines
- CISAB Undergraduate Study Scholarships application
CISAB awards two summer study scholarships each year to aid outstanding Animal Behavior majors at IU Bloomington with the costs of summer field courses, internships, or research experiences in fields relevant to the study of animal behavior. These awards help to defray costs of travel and fees for these experiences.
- Goodson Prize for the Art in Science Submission deadline is in March
Goodson Prize for Art in Science
Dr. Jim Goodson was a vibrant member of the CISAB community. In addition to being a consummate neuroscientist and critical thinker, Jim was also extraordinarily gifted at capturing the beauty of his science via images, of both his study subjects and his histological material. The Goodson Prize for Art in Science recognizes outstanding research images from CISAB members that are not just scientifically meaningful but are also beautiful. Winning images are showcased both in the CISAB house and on our website.
- Faculty Nominations for Excellence in Thesis Research in Animal Behavior
To recognize some of our many outstanding Animal Behavior majors, CISAB Undergraduate Curriculum Committee has established a new award for Excellence in Thesis Research in Animal Behavior.
- CISAB + CTRD Fellowship applications deadline in February
Current Ph.D. and postdoctoral students are eligible for up to 12 months of stipend support through opportunities offered by both the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) and the Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD). Applications are due in February each year.
- Faculty Nominations for the Rowland Mentoring Award deadline in February
CISAB founding member William J. Rowland was devoted to the study of animal behavior, and a strong advocate for mentoring and training undergraduates in research, particularly undergraduates who were in one way or another disadvantaged in their opportunities to get research experience. The Bill Rowland Mentoring Award was established in Bill’s memory to recognize graduate students who have served as outstanding research mentors to undergraduates. Recomendations are due in February each year.
- Faculty Nominations for the Hanna Kolodziejski Fellowship deadline in February
Established in memory of Hanna Kolodziejski, a remarkable graduate student in CISAB and the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior program in Biology, this fellowship is an annual award for a graduate student who, like Hanna, shows academic talent in both research and teaching, and who demonstrates a commitment to the community through service or outreach programs. The fellowship is open to all CISAB and Biology graduate students, with a preference given to members of CISAB and Evolution, Ecology & Behavior (EEB) students. Recomendations are due in February each year.